Indonesia to beef up security for Christmas holidays

The Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta. More than 80 per cent of Indonesians are Muslims, but the government official recognises five other religions. Photo: Michael J. Lowe/Wikimedia...

US calls on Laos to investigate activist’s disappearance

Sombath pictured with South African human rights icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2006. Photo: Shui-Meng Ng/Wikimedia Commons. Washington has called on the Lao government to “conduct...

Malaysia leads way on terror policy

Muslim Malaysia is trying to promote a positive alternative to extremism. Source: Flickr Kuala Lumpur has recently hosted several large, regional summits and is claiming to...

Government imposes curfew in Lao province after rebel attacks

Anti-communist Hmong guerrillas, like those pictured here in 1961, were active in Xaysomboun but it is unclear if the ethnic group is linked to...

EU pledges cash for southern Philippines

The EU wants to stop the violence in the southern Philippines. Source: Wikimedia The European Union will boost aid to the Philippines, primarily to...

EU pledges cash for southern Philippines

The EU wants to stop the violence in the southern Philippines. Source: Wikimedia The European Union will boost aid to the Philippines, primarily to...

US to send spy plane to Singapore

A P-8A of dropping a torpedo. Source: Wikimedia Washington has agreed with Singapore to deploy a P8 Poseidon spy plane at the city-state this month in...

Is Myanmar’s military really loosening its grip on power?

Myanmar’s mobile artillery in action. Source: Flickr Myanmar's Tatmadaw or military appears to be relaxing its iron grip on the country but in many respects...

Malaysia bullish on extremist rehabilitation

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Source: Wikimedia  Malaysia's success rate in rehabilitating extremists and militants, which Kuala Lumpur claims stands at 95 per...

Manila stands up to Beijing with supersonic jets

An FA-50. Source: Wikimedia Manila has reinforced its naval security by buying its first fighter jets in more than 10 years as its dispute with...

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